I would have preferred the 3.5 mm jack to be replaced with a USB-C port, that is for the FB4 to have two USB-C ports, 1 for data & 1 for charging, to listen to music I use a Aero digital earphones which has a built-in DAC, can’t charge at the same time but the battery is removable, handy to have more than one battery.
Hi. I would have made noise about losing the 3.5 mm jack even now, but the reality is I hadn’t been using it, except to stick in a corded microphone, as in isolating where the sound is collected from. If such a microphone lost the cord, the name “bug” would be appropriate, I would be surprised if there was a wireless equivalent of it.
So, losing the 3.5 mm jack breaks that use case for me. I will try to keep my Samsung alive… it serves me well for that.
Yeah, well …
The page, where the IP54 certification was presented was the pre-order page. They most likely didn’t make/pass that certification and therefore dropped the claim.
Initially they advertised a FM-radio as well. That - likewise - disappeared from the homepage.
True, they did not mention this, but just took it down. Which leads back to a lack of communication skills at FP hq. They still do have some room for improvement there.
That’s a bit harsh. IP54 is a standard for outdoor use stuff like lamps etc.
You can find the explanation of the digits even on wikipedia.
IP54 stands for
5x - Dust protected; Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment.
x4 - Splashing of water; Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect, utilizing either: a) an oscillating fixture, or b) A spray nozzle with no shield. Test a) is conducted for 10 minutes. b) is conducted (without shield) for 5 minutes minimum.
Regarding water protection x8 would stand for Immersion, 1 meter (3 ft 3 in) or more depth, which I hardly consider necessary for the average smartphone use.
Yes it’s Harsh, but on the smartphones’ market, this is nowaday something really common.
Lot of smartphones in this price range are IP68 rated. I understand that the modular design of the FP4 cannot be suitable with an IP68 rating, but this is also a pretty bad argument for removing the audio barrel.
I’m not sure if your last post was directed at me. If so I do not agree.
If it wasn’t I can delete this post.
The story is Fairphone had no IP rating for the FP3 and they do for the FP4.
So it is hard to improve something that doesn’t exist i.e. no matter what number you multiply 0 by the answer is still zero. Now as the improvement in this sense is zero you would be correct, but that is not your basis as you used the apparent erroneous idea that there was an IP rating.
However adding 1 to zero does result in 1 and that could be called an improvement.
Adding and not multiplying is a clear ‘linear’ argument not a proportional one.
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